the collaborative crisis research group, for being ahead of the TEPCO
curveball all along,
for being absolute beasts at the search
engine, and voracious sifters of incredible masses of data.
March 11, 2011, Fukushima Prefecture in NE Japan was hit by a 9.0
magnitude earthquake, the Tohoku Quake, in Japanese the 東北地方太平洋沖地震
Taiheiyo-oki Jishin), possibly the biggest earthquake ever to hit
It struck at 2:46pm with a magnitude of 9.0—a level of 7 on the
Japanese earthquake scale. At 3:52pm all but one of the
emergency diesel generators at the Fukushima Dai-ichi (No. 1) nuclear
power plant were knocked out by a tsunami exceeding 45 feet. This
power outage led to a series of crises at each operational
reactor and four of the six Spent Fuel Pools (SFPs).
Since then it has
constant struggle to regain
control over a site with 6 reactors, three with reactor cores at least
20% melted, and all with pools holding their spent fuel rods,
altogether thousands of
tons of highly radioactive nuclear fuel.
The site has experienced at least three explosions,
recurring fires and major radiation leaks into the sea and into a
countryside half-evacuated amid a backdrop of tsunami
destruction. Flooding with water to keep the damaged reactors
has resulted in over 65,000 cubic meters of radioactive water,
which must now be removed, or dumped into the sea. Think of an
olympic-size swimming pool, the big ones, not the half-size. Now
think of 26 of them, because that's how much water they have to
Here are some links that tell the story:
at Fukushima: A document from CalTech that explains the BWR
(Boiling Water Reactors) concept (and what went wrong). Well
Nuclear Crisis Accident Log: A fairly complete timeline of
events at the Dai-ichi plant during this crisis.
The Great Tohoku
Earthquake: Reports blogged in Japan
on Gakuranman from the very beginning. Three links. The
first tells you what the second is:
on Citizen Journalism and Media Bias: Don't let the title throw
you. This is a great look at how it all looked to a concerned
Great Tohoku Quake: Blogged from Tokyo as it happened from
March 11, 2011. Excellent, excellent citizen journalism
to Japanese resources and news sites, as well as the latest updates to
the Tohoku Quake blog
Reuters Live Coverage: 250+
pages of the best coverage of the first
weeks of the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant crisis
Fukushima Photo Tour: An excellent, comprehensive look at the
Daiichi plant from @all. Exhaustive enough for researchers.
10 Update: @all's Dr. Robert Jacobs on Russia Today talking
about the unfolding disaster: Public right-to-know vs.
TBS/JNN Live Fukushima Cam: Streamed 24/7 from a mountainside just outside the 30km exclusion zone. Extreme telephoto, but live.
for the Fukushima Dai-ichi Nuclear Disaster
Community Self-Interest Resources
@all News and Analysts
blog: News and Tech followup to the Reuters Live Blog
Unmoderated Open House: Social/Cultural followup to the Reuters
Wiki News Roundup: The wiki for news story collection.
Blog: Collected photos, video, MAPS, data, links etc.
Powerplant Page: Bill McDonnell's excellent link list.
Status Page: Heavily filtered, but right from the horses...
News: Clamped down somewhat now, but fresh advisories ongoing
The Japan Atomic Industrial Forum, industry apologists, but official
The International Atomic Energy Agency News page
The UCB Nuclear Engineering Monitoring Page
Pacific (STORMSURF): Sea, wave, air and surf forecasts
RadNet Lab: US radiation sampling results. Map
Independent radiation monitoring
Plume Projections: Radiation plume spread forecasts
monitoring sites: A large list of resources.
Interactive isotope dispersion modeler.
Map: Display of past day's quakes. Near-current
Conversion Table: to compare different units.
|Is This Serious and What
Should I Do if It Is?
|It's impossible to be sure how much
there is at the moment with all the vested interests trying to keep
this nuclear "incident" swept under the rug. When Daiichi
belatedly graduated from three INES Level 5 accidents
(Three Mile Island was a single Level 5) to one INES Level 7 (greater
or equal to Chernobyl), who would have imagined that the
collective media response would be to yawn and see what
was new in Charlie Sheen's self-destruction?
It seems we have to try our best
to keep ourselves informed if the latest media shiny object
the focus of our existence, so here's some collected information you can
use to inform and protect yourself to whatever level, including perhaps
none, you feel the situation deserves.
Filtration: Not necessary now—Vallejo's water is testing
clean—but here's a good explanation of the options.
Effects and Mitigation: Common sense list of what to eat to
lessen absorbtion of radioactive toxins, from Holly House.
Rima Laibow Recommends What to Do About Radiation Posted On Mar 29:
Online discussion. Starts slowand then becomes more informative.
quick reference examination
of alternative approaches to protection and
treatment of radiation exposure.
After the obligatory information about iodine, this quickly runs
through some herbal and natural radiation mitigators.
Holy Basil, also called Tulsi, has a growing body of scientific studies
Tulsi basil can help protect and
defend the immune system and organs against radiation poisoning.
it or not, the fallout from Fukushima is likely to add some level of
radiation contamination to food and water worldwide. Ingesting
fallout-contaminated food will be unavoidable in the future, so the
main mitigation strategy going forward is to make your body resistant
to the effects of the contamination.
results obtained from in vitro and in vivostudies
indicate that several botanicals such as Gingko
asiatica, Hippophae rhamnoides, Ocimum sanctum,Panax
hexandrum, Amaranthus paniculatus, Emblica
amarus, Piper longum, Tinospora cordifoila, Mentha
arvensis,Mentha piperita, Syzygium cumini, Zingiber
conyzoides, Aegle marmelosand Aphanamixis
against radiation-induced lethality, lipid peroxidation and DNA damage."
(This is a
hodgepodge of links that I
thought for a minute were worth grabbing, perhaps wisely, perhaps
not. It's a jungle out there. Good luck.)
- ZAMG - Aktuelle Informationen
- Online Geiger Counter Nuclear Radiation Detector
- Denphone Tokyo Office Geiger Counter - Denphone
Robot Japan Geigermap
: Monitoring data at Fukushima Daiichi and
Fukushima Daini Nuclear Power Stations
- TEPCO : Press Room | Press Releases
Agenda Report - Live Streaming and Real-Time
Earthquake and Radiation Data in Japan
- Current local time in Japan - Tokyo
- NHK WORLD
- Fukushima nuclear emergency - Ars Technica
- Fukushima nuclear disaster - Japan | Home page
- BBC News - LIVE: Japan earthquake
- Inside the BWR Power Plant
- BWR Flash Animation
Water Reactor (BWR)
- The Mark I Containment System in BWR Reactors |
- Fukuchima Eng 20110320
- The Extinction Protocol: 2012 and beyond | 2012
and Earthchanges News events
- Takashi Uesugi: The Interview - Time Out Tokyo
- YouTube - THE WAYSEER MANIFESTO
- Why Comparing Radiation And Contamination Is
Like Comparing Apples And Oranges
Nuclear Cafe | All Things Nuclear
- Conspiracy Theories, UFOs,
Paranormal, Political Madness, and other "Alternative Topics"
- YouTube - Neutron Beams Detected In Japan -
March 23, 2011
:: YokosoNews - Japanese Culture, Lifestyle and Entertainment
- Jeffrey Lewis - TEPCO Info Update 3/25
- Fear and devastation on the road to Japan's
nuclear disaster zone - Asia, World - The Independent
- LiveLeak.com - New Tsunami vid.
-- News and information about meteor showers, solar flares, auroras,
and near-Earth asteroids
- Radiation Data
- Steve Quayle's Radiation Measurement Conversion
- TEPPYcam Archive
- 04-07-11-Japan Nuclear Crisis Telepresser
Transcript | Union of Concerned Scientists
Computational Knowledge Engine
- World Seismicity Maps
- Under-Sink Water Filters - Water Filters Reviews
- Water quality- different water filtration
methods- Reverse Osmosis/ Distillation/ Ion Exchange/ Carbon
- Is Japan's Elite Hiding a Weapons Program Inside
Nuclear Plants? - New America Media
- WHO | Guidelines for drinking-water quality,
third edition, incorporating first and second addenda
- CNIC - Citizens' Nuclear Information Center
- Shake-up time for Japanese seismology : Nature
- Fukushima Atmospheric Transport
- Emergency Siphon / Gravity Filter
- Global Radiation - Japan Earthquake - Nuclear -
- Interactive maps of earthquakes
- Japan Nuclear Technology Institute
- Live Radiation Monitoring Feed - Hundreds of
stations from all over the globe
- Nevada Earthquake Swarm, Precursor? - Modern
- japannewstoday's Channel
- YouTube Censored: A Recent History | OpenNet
- ISO - Maintenance Agency for ISO 3166 country
codes - English country names and code elements
- Das Gelbe Forum -
- Egnyte Home
- YouTube - Broadcast Yourself.
- Great Tohoku Earthquake 1 @ Gakuranman.com
- WHAT WENT WRONG: Fukushima flashback a month
after crisis started - English
- TEPCO releases Fukushima Nuclear !@#$%-up
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